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Today's News

  • Registration begins for UNM-LA

    With a high number of faculty who have Ph.Ds in their teaching fields, UNM-LA provides an exceptional quality of instruction. 

    Small class sizes allow for personal attention that is critical for student learning and success. The student support in advising and career exploration is vibrant and personal. According to Kathryn Vigil, Student Enrollment Director at UNM Los Alamos, “There is no better value in New Mexico, and families can feel comfortable knowing that they’ve made a good investment. Compared to the two larger Universities in New Mexico, the savings at UNM-LA can be viewed as a 45 percent discount. Money can also be saved in rent, food and transportation for students who choose to live at home for a year or two.”

    In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA offers online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to- face and online) to help meet the various scheduling preferences and learning styles of students. There are also a variety of short courses, including classes that will start later in the semester.  

  • Assets in Action: Time goes by fast when you do what you love

    Only 72 days until spring break! I know you must be thinking, what?

    Sure, it is might be due to the fact that, everyone is now back to school. Sure, there is someone already counting the days, but I like to emphasize the point for the parents of seniors in high school. Time is about to take on a new meaning.

    We are at the halfway mark and time will move at warp speed between now and spring break. Truth be told, prom planning is already underway. Once spring break is over, I can’t even describe how fast time moves.

    We see time differently when we graduate and head off to college and that time also goes by so fast.

    I graduated from Idaho State University in 1991, 27 years ago, wow! Now not only does that make me feel old, but it is unreal that so much time has passed.

    Recently I received an email from Dr. Brandt Short, one of my college professors. He actually tracked me down through my Assets In Action work, which this column is based upon.

    Dr. Short wanted to return a term paper that I wrote for his class after an internship. 

  • Colon to run for state auditor

    Colon announced his bid in a statement late Sunday. Colon says he is running because he is “fed up” and wants to ensure taxpayer money goes to the right places. He says his background in finance and law make him the right candidate.

  • Lawmakers propose pet food tax to help spay, neuter pets

    Democratic State Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored a bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

    The increase would raise over $800,000 to help impoverished citizens pay to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, Trujillo said. He estimates the fund could pay for services for some 8,000 to 10,000 pets annually.

    “This is a needed tool to combat an overpopulation of dogs and cats in the state,” he said. It also will cut down on the number of pet euthanizations, he added.

    But Laura Moore, owner of The Critters and Me pet store in Santa Fe, has concerns.

    “This is either going to increase the price of dog and cat food or manufacturers are going to want to stop supplying these foods to New Mexico,” she said. “There has to be a better way to facilitate spay and neuter services than having bureaucrats get involved in it.”

  • US hits record for costly weather disasters

    The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.

    Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980.

    Three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history hit last year.

    Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, second only to 2005’s Katrina, while Maria’s damage in Puerto Rico cost $90 billion, ranking third, NOAA said. Irma was $50 billion, mainly in Florida, for the fifth most expensive hurricane.

    Western wildfires fanned by heat racked up $18 billion in damage, triple the U.S. wildfire record, according to NOAA.

    Besides Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina all had more than $1 billion in damage from the 16 weather disasters in 2017.

  • N.M. Supreme Court overturns domestic violence ruling

    The court in an opinion issued Monday said such behavior can have the same result as making an overt threat to ensure a victim’s silence.

    The justices found that the district court should have allowed prosecutors to use some of the victim’s statements in the case of Joshua Maestas.

    Despite talking with police and testifying before a grand jury, the woman later decided not to cooperate with prosecutors, resulting in the case being dropped.

    The state attorney general’s office and victim advocates consider the court’s opinion a positive step in the fight against domestic violence.

  • 2 N.M. lawmakers propose criminal justice reforms

    At a news conference, Rep. Nate Gentry and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto touted their proposals as representing a sweeping approach to the city’s crime problem with measures that target nearly every level of New Mexico’s criminal justice system – from boosting police staffing levels to trying to ensure more access to behavioral health treatment for inmates leaving prisons or jails.

    Gentry is a Republican and Ivey-Soto a Democrat. Both represent districts in Albuquerque.

    It’s not clear ahead of the bills being debated in the 30-day legislative session that begins next week in Santa Fe how much support the measures would garner among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, though they so far have gained the support of Bernalillo County sheriff and the Albuquerque police union.

    “It’s a common sense approach to a very dynamic problem,” said Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.

  • Duane Smith Auditorium set to open in February

    “We’re hoping to get in there the week of Feb. 12,” School Bond and Construction Coordinator Herb McLean said. The building was supposed to open in mid January, but many of the workers assigned to the project were diverted to other assignments, and to assist when the country was hit with three hurricanes earlier this year. 

    They also had some trouble getting hold of a specific type of steel to complete the project.

    “There was a lot of construction going on before we started, and getting contractors in has been really hard,” McLean said. “Second, a lot of workers went to work in the hurricane zones.”

    The steel, McLean said, should be in this week.

    In 2016, the Los Alamos School Board approved a new design for the theater that adds an additional 3,600 square feet onto the front of the building. The additional space will include rooms for concessions, a box office and a space for storage and merchandising. 

  • Legislative Council to review anti-harassment policy

    The New Mexico Legislative Council is scheduled to review and possibly adopt a new anti-harassment policy Monday for the state Legislators.

    But during a review of the policy by the State Bar of New Mexico Jan. 5, given by Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Bernalillo), some lawyers questioned what qualified as harassment.

    Richard C. Minzner, the emcee of the event, and an Albuquerque attorney thought the new anti-harassment policy could interfere with the legislative process.

    “My concern about adopting this general harassment policy as opposed to just sexual harassment, it seems to me to outlaw the job of whips, of which both of you have had, which is to try to get people to vote the way you want them to when they don’t want to,” Minzner said.

    Minzner, a former state representative for 10 years, gave examples of that type of harassment, such as threatening to remove committee chairs that aren’t towing a certain political party’s line, or not supporting a candidate in the next election if they didn’t change their point of view or lend their support to legislation.

  • State Republican Party announces several changes Tuesday

    The Republican Party of New Mexico announced several personnel changes Tuesday.
    Ryan Gleason was hired to serve as the state party’s new executive director. Gleason served as a legislative analyst for the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2001 after graduating from the Texas Tech School of Law and Texas Tech Graduate School, with a master of Public Administration. Gleason then spent three years as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the justice and the judiciary, homeland security, commerce, taxes and the federal budget.
    Gleason has also served as the state director of USDA Rural Development. After two years working for the Texoma Council of Governments as the Government Services director, Gleason returned to New Mexico to work again for the state House of Representatives as legislative counsel during the 2011 Special Session on redistricting. Gleason was selected to be the Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Don Tripp where he oversaw all House operations and has served as the senior legislative and policy advisor to the Republican Caucus.
    Michael Horanburg serve as the deputy executive director and director of outreach and political operations. Horanburg has worked in New Mexico politics for 10 years in various campaign and consulting capacities.